Inspirations from a Space of Healing
Artist Biographies

Newmarket based fine artist Bill Lunshof grew up in a Dutch immigrant family and had an interest in the visual arts from an early age. Also an avid gardener and photographer, Bill’s work takes much of its inspiration from nature. He likes to portray rural Ontario scenes and often includes old barns, houses and vehicles in his work. He is fascinated by how light affects the landscape and tries to capture that in his work. He also enjoys painting en Plein Air and can be found with his easel set up in and around his hometown of Newmarket when the weather allows. 

He is a member of two local art groups – Newmarket Group of Artists where he volunteers his time to help organize their annual Art Walk and Studio Tour and the Society of York Region Artists where he sits on the Executive. 

Bill’s artwork is on display in the Front Hall Entrance of Hillary House.  

Carol Walthers is a multidisciplinary fine artist working primarily in watercolour, pastel and oil. She is a signature member of the Pastel Artists Canada and the Colour and Form Society. Her current work explores the human form, relationships people have with others and with our environment. 

After graduating from the Ontario College of Art, she became a founding member of Gallery 44, and received an Ontario Arts Council grant. She has paintings in public and private collections. She has participated in numerous shows and won several prestigious awards. She accepts commissions for portraits and landscapes. 

Carol has two artworks in this exhibition. They are on display at Aurora Town Hall and the Drawing Room of Hillary House. 

My medium is oil on canvas. My work relies on a continuity of colour and shapes. I want to create a sense of air, light and with a liminal effect. I paint subjects that capture my attention, and I can relate too somehow. A vase of flowers on the counter dripping petals, an old studio space, my home or collection and places I have spent time.

Mentor and teacher Judy Sherman Aurora, Ontario, Mentor and teacher Jody Joseph MonteCastello di Vibio, Umbria, Italy have enabled me to embrace painting and art in so many ways! 

Catherine’s work is on display in the Ballroom and Consulting Room of Hillary House. 

Christine Valentini was born in Vienna, Austria and has been living in Aurora over 30 years. She took art classes at the Wexford Collegiate Art Centre and is a multi-media painter. While much of Christine artwork is detailed and traditional, some of it represents intuitive interpretations of nature-based abstracts.  Her artwork has won many awards of excellence. Christine was honoured to receive an Arts & Culture Recognition Award by the Town of Aurora.  

She is a member of The Art Guild of Scarborough, the Society of York Region Artists, the Bancroft Art Gallery and the Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery.  

Christine has two artworks in this exhibition.  They are on display at Aurora Town Hall and the Consulting Room of Hillary House. 

George Keltika retired as Head of Arts at Pickering College in Newmarket Ontario where he worked as a visual arts teacher for 25 years. Originally from Windsor Ontario, George graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1979 and a Bachelor of Education in 83’. His diverse background includes working as a Pictorial Artist for an advertisement company, a Life Drawing Instructor at St. Clair College (Windsor), to teaching at a northern Ontario First Nations community (Sandy Lake). After his undergrad, he helped found Windsor’s first Artist Run Gallery called Artcite. It still thrives after 37 years. George has been exhibiting his paintings for the past 40 years. 

George’s artwork is on the display in the Study of Hillary House. 

Photography has been my lifelong passion. I edit and print my own original photographs on FineArt archival canvas which I then gallery wrap. 

Nature’s endless beauty constantly inspires me. Architectural structures also captivate my interest. When composing a photograph, I observe the lines of the image before me. The use of lines creates a mood and draws the eye into the photograph. I endeavour to see everyday things in a unique perspective and create a sense of peace and harmony in the world around me. I use my camera to capture a moment in time that will last forever. 

Hans’ artwork is on display at Aurora Town Hall. 

Having grown up in the Town of Aurora, I have a great affinity for the area and its history and I enjoy sharing this through my photography. 

I have been involved with photography for many years, having been President of the former local camera club, Country Images Camera Club, for almost 20 years, and participated as an accredited judge for local, regional and international competitions. My photographs have appeared in various group shows, including the Skylight Gallery, the Southlake Art Gallery, the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts Gallery (Collingwood), and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection (Kleinburg), along with the ACTRA site (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Cinema Artists).  I volunteered for Parks Canada as a photographic instructor for the Bruce Peninsula Wild Orchid Festival in Tobermory for several years. When the digital era appeared, I was convinced it was just a passing fad but I have now embraced the creativity and wonder that the digital world has brought. With the pandemic and limited travel, I have even delved into the world of painting, further expanding my creative horizons.  

Karin has three artworks in this exhibition. They are on display at Aurora Town Hall and in the Ballroom of Hillary House. 

Through painting, I’ll share my view with you.  Where is the light?  What is the pattern?  What is happening in this moment? 

Noticing details brings gratitude to what surrounds us every day.  We all need spaces of healing.  I seek those spaces through my work as a pharmacist, and as I study music and art, roam outdoors, bake, read….  Sometimes, healing comes in daydreaming. 

I’ve shown my work through SOYRA and the Newmarket Group of Artists. My painting, “Spring Morning Walk” won the Newmarket Heritage Contest in 2016 and is part of the Town of Newmarket’s permanent collection. 

Melinda’s artwork is on display in the Drawing Room of Hillary House. 

Linda Welch is a York Region photographer and watercolour artist. Since 2013, she has organized and led painting and photography tours for artists to Southern France, Ireland and Spain. On Location Artists’ Holidays helps artists develop and improve their artistic and photographic skills. 

Primarily self-taught, she studied street photography and travel photography in various exotic locations around the world with professionals to learn their techniques. 

She currently holds the position of President of the Society of York Region Artists. In her professional life, she taught secondary school Literature, Media Literacy, Animation, Computer Graphics and Television Studio Production with York Region School Board. 

Linda’s artwork is on display in the Ballroom of Hillary House. 

I am of Finnish heritage.  

Grew up in the Sudbury area. Think: birch trees, nature, sauna and homemade baking, sewing etc. 

Brought up to try anything I usually do! So I paint, craft, creative works of many types. I belong to SOYRA. 

Currently my world has been jolted and torn with the devastation childhood cancer causes. I think that influenced my making a miniature for the ‘Inspirations for Healing ‘ exhibit. Children love little things. My hope is for them to enjoy Hillary House and the work done there over the years. 

Vikki’s artwork is on display at Aurora Town Hall. 

Growing up in a home the same vintage as Hillary House aroused in Kevin an early interest in post cards, letters, greeting cards, and newspapers that exist from the early 1900’s. Mixed media collage gives him an outlet to have such ephemera see the light of day once again and be appreciated by others. 

Kevin’s mixed media creations have included a number of customized gifts, and participation in the 50 Years of Pride exhibition (Arts of the Pamlico, Washington, North Carolina, 2019).  

Kevin’s artwork is on display in the Ballroom of Hillary House. 

Capturing light is everything. Painting light reflected off glass, reflections on water, or sunlight on flowers is my goal. Using acrylic to paint these historic objects, with their reflections of times past, I want to create a sense of community and belonging to emphasize the healing role of Hillary House. Hopefully, looking at my work gives you more than an impression; it puts you in a moment of reflection on the past. 

Sharon’s artwork is on display in the Ballroom and Dispensary of Hillary House. 

Lucy Quin paints vibrant, realistic, unique oil paintings. She finds inspiration in the wonder of the seasons and the play between light and shadows.   

Her landscapes and man-made objects are depicted in a classic style with contemporary approach that combined with the spirituality she finds in nature allows her to create works that are mood evoking and timeless. 

Lucy’s artwork in on display at Aurora Town Hall.